Poor whites.. almost an oxymoron

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A girl puts her hair in a pony tail as she gets ready to walk to school from a squatter camp in Krugersdorp on March (REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly) # Walk To School, Picture Editor, O Reilly, Big Picture, Congo, Her Hair, Squats, Ponytail, South Africa

The Big Picture - The Boston Globe

When stories are told about African poverty, race often seems to play a large part. Based in Senegal, Reuters photographer Finbarr O'Reilly (previously featured here for his work in DR Congo) traveled to South Africa earlier this year and visited one of a growing number of squatter camps populated mostly by Afrikaners - white South Africans - to document their stories and help show that, despite the fact that impoverished blacks in the region far outnumber whites, poverty is a human issue…

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The Big Picture - The Boston Globe

When stories are told about African poverty, race often seems to play a large part. Based in Senegal, Reuters photographer Finbarr O'Reilly (previously featured here for his work in DR Congo) traveled to South Africa earlier this year and visited one of a growing number of squatter camps populated mostly by Afrikaners - white South Africans - to document their stories and help show that, despite the fact that impoverished blacks in the region far outnumber whites, poverty is a human issue…

A woman looks out the window of her one-room hut at a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, South Africa on March (REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly) Picture Editor, Looking Out The Window, Teaching History, Big Picture, The Guardian, Looking For Women, South Africa, Africans, Pictures

The Big Picture - The Boston Globe

When stories are told about African poverty, race often seems to play a large part. Based in Senegal, Reuters photographer Finbarr O'Reilly (previously featured here for his work in DR Congo) traveled to South Africa earlier this year and visited one of a growing number of squatter camps populated mostly by Afrikaners - white South Africans - to document their stories and help show that, despite the fact that impoverished blacks in the region far outnumber whites, poverty is a human issue…

A man receives a monthly supply of food aid donated to residents of a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp on March (REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly) New Africa, South Africa, African Nations, Picture Editor, Big Picture, Squats, People, Pictures, March 6

The Big Picture - The Boston Globe

When stories are told about African poverty, race often seems to play a large part. Based in Senegal, Reuters photographer Finbarr O'Reilly (previously featured here for his work in DR Congo) traveled to South Africa earlier this year and visited one of a growing number of squatter camps populated mostly by Afrikaners - white South Africans - to document their stories and help show that, despite the fact that impoverished blacks in the region far outnumber whites, poverty is a human issue…

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The Big Picture - The Boston Globe

When stories are told about African poverty, race often seems to play a large part. Based in Senegal, Reuters photographer Finbarr O'Reilly (previously featured here for his work in DR Congo) traveled to South Africa earlier this year and visited one of a growing number of squatter camps populated mostly by Afrikaners - white South Africans - to document their stories and help show that, despite the fact that impoverished blacks in the region far outnumber whites, poverty is a human issue…

The MCA is proud to present a major retrospective of legendary South African photographer David Goldblatt for its Sydney International Art Series exhibition. Walker Evans, Tim Walker, Spencer Tunick, Herbert List, Mary Ellen Mark, Karl Blossfeldt, Lee Friedlander, Stephen Shore, August Sander

Rediscovering Poor Whites in South Africa: Deja Vu (All Over Again)

Update, 23 October 2010: I've just posted a longer look at the poor white phenomenon in South Africa, and, especially, at the way that they've been photographed. You can read "Poor Whites and Photography in South Africa, the Backstory," here. Update, 25 June 2010: The New York Times is the...

Children play on a tire being used to block the entrance to a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp. New Environment, History Of Photography, New South, World View, Teaching History, Amazing Destinations, Kids Playing, Squats, South Africa

Children play on a tire being used to block the entrance to a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp.